If you’re a New Englander and aren’t pulling out boats ahead of the impending tropical storm, get busy working your way to the Wooden Boat Show in Mystic this weekend. Starting today at 9 am, a fantastic display of wooden boats, wooden boatbuilders and suppliers will once again be on display at Mystic Seaport. After a Covid cancellation in 2020, the show is back with renewed purpose and a special invitation from the Wooden Boat Show folks to a group of boatbuilders who we too love for their social media prowess. The “YouTuber Booth” will feature a collection of hardworking folks who are making videos about their home-built backyard boat projects. If you plan to visit the show, be sure to find the booth where you can meet some of our own TotalBoat Ambassadors, such as Scott Smith of SeaDreamer Project, below. Tips from a Shipwright star, Lou Sauzedde, and his filmmaker Halsey Fulton will be in the booth on Saturday, as well as Bob Emser of the Art of Boatbuilding who is spearheading the effort and will be in the booth all 3 days of the show.
In today’s Video of the Week, Scott Smith is constructing a special showpiece to bring along to the YouTuber booth that shows the various layers of wood, adhesives, epoxy resin, and composites that will make up the hull of his George Buehler designed trawler. Using both our traditional 5:1 epoxy resin system as well as the non-blushing High Performance 2:1 Epoxy system, Scott laminates, wets out his fiberglass, and thickens it to add strength. His layered piece will give booth visitors a unique look into the core materials being used to construct the hull of Henry Red.
Bob Emser will have his Haven 12 1/2 at the show so you can see his glimmering Lust varnished coamings and gleaming painted surfaces shining with Wet Edge. Be sure to go give Bob’s boat a glance when there. Lou Sauzedde is always full of surprises and his visit on Saturday is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, even if he were to only show up with his salty beard and filmmaker in tow.
While in Mystic also stop by the I Built It Myself area of the show where another Ambassador, Richard Honan, will have his freshly painted 13′ Peapod sailboat. You’ll be able to spot his Wet Edge Boston Whaler Blue painted boat from afar, so make sure to go give his boat a glance. Richard has won several of the I Built It Myself contests in years past, and the competition is always great so you’ll see some qualified boat builders show up in this area to compete against Richard. Best of luck – you know who we’ll be rooting for.